Nintendo has been giving small hints about plans concerning connections between their 3DS and smartphones and this officially released trademark ID pic from the Japan Patent Office proves that these hints may eventually be true.
The pic clearly states that the patent enables Nintendo in “providing information and communication by electronic bulletin board” which, in simpler words, means connection between to electronic devices. Take a look yourself at the patent below. (via Dualshockers)
[Trademark ID 2014-36705]
Applicant: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Filing Date: May 9, 2014
Publishing Date: June 5th, 2014
Class: 9 (home video game machine program, etc.), 38 (providing information and communication by electronic bulletin board), 41 (mobile games)
Although the main purpose of this patent is still unannounced but we may see Nintendo bringing up this news during their “Digital Briefing” on Tuesday 9 a.m. PT.
Recent updates for this device are the following:
Added support for Nintendo Network ID:
Users can now create a Nintendo Network ID on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Users may either create a new ID or register the same ID they have created for their Wii U system.
Using the same ID on both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems will allow users to combine their Nintendo eShop balances and Wish Lists. A Nintendo Network ID will now be required to download free content, including game demos, from Nintendo eShop.
Added support for MiiverseTM:
Now available for Nintendo 3DS, Miiverse is an online social hub that lets users connect with other players around the world via their Mii characters. Users can view posts from their Nintendo 3DS, Wii U system, or online via computer or mobile device. Nintendo 3DS users can post illustrations or comments by signing in to Miiverse with their Network ID.
If you have system update 2.0.0-2U or higher, you don’t need to do anything except agree to the update. It will be downloaded automatically when you are in range of a wireless Internet connection and SpotPassTM is enabled. If you have never performed a system update, connect your Nintendo 3DS system to the Internet, and find the System Update option in your system settings.